Massive win for Merthyr
RGC 17 Merthyr 62
A record RGC crowd of 1,476 witnessed 12 tries at Eirias but sadly for the home supporters 9 of them were scored by Merthyr.
It was always going to be a tough test for the Gogs as they took on SWALEC Championship leaders Merthyr and it was made even harder when the visitors opened the scoring with a try after 4 minutes.
Fly-half Gunter kicked over Richard Hopkins and winger Parry collected the ball in the air to dive over the line. Jarvis added the extras.
RGC looked pretty flat and Merthyr got control of the game and the ball early on.
The experienced Merthyr pack were showing real power in the opening quarter with a few driving mauls to spark some danger signs for RGC. Jarvis kicked a penalty to extend the lead.
RGC did spark into life with a quality James Lang kick and chase before the defence cleared the ball. The try followed when Cam Davies took a quick tap penalty and burst over for the touchdown.
The Merthyr pack continued to do the damage and after a number of scrums the referee awarded a penalty try and Jarvis had a simple conversion.
When RGC had some ball in hand they looked to run it, and for a period the game opened up. Richard Hopkins, Josh Leach and Rhun Williams showed some good attacking breaking the gain-line. Josh Leach then made another run but was punished by the referee in the breakdown.
Kelvin Davies was again putting his body in the line as he drove into some big hits, which got the respect and cheers from the Eirias crowd.
It was frustrating at times to watch as the referees whistle was going against RGC, and any momentum they had dispersed as the half went on. The Gogs looked impressive when they did attack, but sadly it didn’t happen often enough.
Huw Worthington was given a yellow card and the Iron Men made the extra man count.
Parry picked up another score when there was plenty of space in the before Phil Reece and Dave Fisher tries made it 34-5 at half time. It was a tough half and Merthyr picked up some easy scores which would have disappointed the players and coaches as the headed into the dressing room.
RGC needed to start better in the 2nd half and they looked more direct with Rhun Williams attacking with power, but they couldn’t get over the line.
It was a sucker punch when Jarvis then got the try for Merthyr after the bright start from RGC. The full backs point score was an impressive 22 today.
The scoreboard racked up with another 3 tries as Merthyr became the first away side to score over 50 points at Eirias.
Credits to RGC who picked up scores from Tom Hughes and Huw Worthington along with a conversion from Afon Bagshaw, and as the final whistle went the Gogs were pressing for the bonus point try.
The players were clearly disappointed in the result and the performance that ended 2015, but the best response will be to look for a bonus point win next week to set up a big 2016.